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September 1947

OTOGENIC ABSCESS OF THE CONTRALATERAL FRONTAL LOBE: With Report of a Case

Author Affiliations

NEW YORK
From the Department of Otolaryngology of Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, and the Presbyterian Hospital.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1947;46(3):375-381. doi:10.1001/archotol.1947.00690020386010
Abstract

THE FRONTAL lobe seems to be an uncommon site of otogenic abscess of the brain. Nielsen and Courville1 made a most thorough survey of the literature and collected altogether 39 cases. In only 10 of these was the abscess a complication of otitis media occurring on the opposite side. No cases of contralateral otogenic abscess of the frontal lobe were disclosed by the records of the Presbyterian Hospital, New York. In 4 of the cases reported in the literature a chronic, and in 6 an acute, otitis media was the primary cause. Multiple abscesses were found in the opposite frontal lobe in only 1 of these cases. Thrombophlebitis of the venous sinuses on the side of the otitis was noted in 2 cases. In 6 of these 10 cases the diagnosis of abscess of the contralateral frontal lobe was first made at autopsy. In 8 of these 10 cases the

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